Road trips from Southern California: Utah
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( Thomas Viek )
Bryce Canyon National Park
Distance: 535 miles one-way
Known for its unusual geology, Bryce Canyon's jagged landscape is formed from millions of years of erosion. Alternating periods of frost and thaw carved an impressive collection of hoodoos and spire-shaped formations into the park. Relatively free from light pollution, Bryce Canyon is also popular with astronomy buffs. In June, the park hosts an annual four-day astronomy festival.
-- Jason La